It’s that time a year again when you are presumably daydreaming about relaxing on a sandy beach burying your toes in the gold warm sand while listening to the waves crash and mingle on the shoreline. WAKE-UP! You’re in the dead of winter and you might just be dealing with frozen pipes. Forgot about taking that hot shower or bath you were looking forward to, you may even want to pray to the heavens that your pipes won’t burst and cause hundreds of dollars in damages. The hundreds of precious dollars you could be spending on that sunny island vacation. In this blog we will go over steps to get those pipes unfrozen so you don’t have to suffer more from the cold then you already are.
Locating Where the Pipe is Frozen
The first step is locating where the pipe is frozen. It is obviously more convenient if the pipe is frozen in a location where you can easily get to it. If the pipe is underground or behind a wall unthawing the pipes can be exuberantly more challenging.
Start Unthawing Your Pipe
After you have located where the pipe is frozen It is advisable to start unthawing your pipe close to your faucet and back to the frozen section. This will help prevent the pipe from rupturing due to steam building up and getting trapped. If the pipe is exposed you can use a hair dryer, space heater, or heating tape or a towel that has been soaked in hot water that can be wrapped around the pipe. If the pipe is frozen in a location that you can not get to crank the heat! You may need to cut a hole in the wall to defrost the pipe with the methods previously listed then make sure you take measures to insulate your pipes so your pipes don’t freeze again.
Take Preventative Measures
Lastly, it is a good idea to take preventative measures when the temperatures dip down. Some precautions you can take include keeping the heat turned up, having your house well insulated, leave your faucets dripping, and you can also leave under sink cabinets open to let the warm air reach the piping.